Saints and Sinners: The Body in Renaissance and Baroque Art|
Spring 2010 not offered
This course is an introduction to the discipline of art history through the study of ways in which the human body was socially constructed and construed in the arts and architecture of Renaissance and baroque Italy. At once sacred and sinful, the body fascinated and threatened, attracted and repulsed; it was an inexhaustible source of secrets, inviting inquiry by artists and anatomists alike. By considering a wide range of visual sources--such as depictions of saintly martyrdoms, images of reclining nudes, anatomical treatises, erotic drawings, portraits, and buildings designed according to anthropomorphic principles--we will engage a variety of issues related to the body in the early modern period while learning about the objectives and methods of art historical analysis.
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De Voragine, Jacobus, THE GOLDEN LEGEND: READINGS ON THE SAINTS
Park, Katharine, SECRETS OF WOMEN: GENDER, GENERATION, AND THE ORIGINS OF HUMAN DISSECTION
Steinberg, Leo, THE SEXUALIT OF CHRIST IN RENAISSANCE ART AND IN MODERN OBLIVION
Talvacchia, Bette, TAKING POSITIONS: ON THE EROTIC IN RENAISSANCE CULTURE
Packet of articles and primary sources on Blackboard
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Three short papers, reading responses, mid-term exam, final exam.
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